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  • June 2017 IATA State of the Region: Africa & Middle East
    Economic Performance Outlook: 2017 industry financial forecast update​​

    IATA’s latest economic forecast points to 2017 being the third consecutive year where the air transport industry generates a rate of return that exceeds its cost of capital. Net post-tax profits of US$30bn are expected this year, a little below both 2015 and the revised estimate for 2016. Significant regional disparities remain, however, with the operating environment for African and Middle East airlines expected to again prove challenging in 2017. Read more...


  • June 2017 IATA Economic performance of airline industry  
    The Airline Industry Economic Performance takes a broader look at how the industry is adding value for its consume​rs, the wider economy and governments, as well as for its investors. It is released on a bi-annual basis since June 2014 and it substitutes the former Financial Forecast publication. Download the full 2017 document here.

  • May 2017 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis
    Passenger demand growth slows in May, but remains robust

    Slower growth in May, but a robust start to 2017
    Slower growth in May, but a robust start to 2017 Having reached a six-year high of 10.9% in April, year-on- year growth in global RPKs slowed to (a still robust) 7.7% in May. Industry-wide RPKs have now grown by 7.9% year-onyear so far this year compared to the same period in 2016. This is equivalent to annual growth of around 8.6% once you allow for the extra day in 2016 on account of it having been a leap year. Read more...


  • May 2017 IATA Air Freight Market Analysis 
    Another strong month, but has the cyclical growth peak passed?
    Year-on-year FTK growth accelerates in May…
    Global FTKs grew by 12.7% year-on-year in May, up from 8.7% in April. This pace is more than three times the five-year average growth rate (3.8%). As has been the case in recent months, airlines registered in Asia Pacific, Europe, and North America accounted for the bulk of the annual increase in freight volumes. Industry-wide FTKs have now grown by 10.2% in annual terms so far this year to date. Allowing for the extra day in February 2016 owing to the leap year, this is equivalent to annual growth of just under 11%. All told, it is the strongest start to the year since the rebound from the global financial crisis (GFC) in 2010. Read more...
  • April 2017 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis  
    April air passenger demand grows at the fastest pace in six years
    Further evidence of a robust start to 2017
    Global revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) grew by 10.7% year-on-year in April, up from 6.5% in March and the fastest pace since April 2011. The latest data provide further evidence of a strong start to 2017 for passenger demand growth: industrywide RPKs grew by 7.9% year-on-year so far this year to date compared to the same period in 2016. This is equivalent to growth of around 8.7% adjusting for the extra day in 2016 owing to the leap year, and is well ahead of the long-run average RPK growth rate of around 5.5%.  Read more...
  • April 2017 IATA Air Freight Market Analysis  
    Strong start to 2017, but have we passed the cyclical growth peak?
    Growth eases back in April, but remains robust
    Global FTKs grew by 8.5% year-on-year in April, down from 13.4% in March. Industry-wide FTKs have now grown by 9.3% in annual terms so far this year to date. Adjusting for the extra day in February 2016 owing to the leap year, this is equivalent annual growth of just over 10%. Airlines registered in Asia Pacific and Europe accounted for more than 70% of the annual increase in freight volumes, with North American airlines accounting for much of the rest. Middle Eastern and African airlines contributed positively, but Latin American carriers detracted from annual FTK growth for the 25th time in 27 months.  Read more...


  • March - April 2017 IATA Airlines Financial Monitor  
    Airlines Financial Monitor
    Key Points include
    Global airline share prices rose by 2.5% in April, partly reflecting expectations that the squeeze on margins will diminish. The monthly increase was driven by European airlines, with modest increases in Asia-Pacific and North America. The initial financial results from Q1 2017 highlight the extent that airline profit margins were squeezed in the opening months of the year by a combination of higher costs and weak yields. Read more...
  • March 2017 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis  

    A robust first quarter of 2017 for air passenger demand

    A robust first quarter of 2017 for pax growth

    Global revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) grew by 6.8% year-on-year in March. This was a moderate slowdown in growth relative to February once you allow for the distortion to the data last month owing to the extra day in February 2016. (We estimate that the ‘underlying’ February RPK year-on-year growth rate was slightly more than 8%, compared to the ‘unadjusted’ 4.9% figure.)  Read more...

  • March 2017 IATA Air Freight Market Analysis  

    March data complete a strong Q1 for annual FTK growth

    Growth reaches a multi-year high in March…

    Global FTKs grew by 14.0% year-on-year in March – the fastest pace since October 2010. Airlines based in Europe and Asia Pacific accounted for around two-thirds of the annual increase in freight volumes, with the remainder split almost equally between North American and Middle Eastern carriers. The modest positive contribution made by African airlines was the strongest in nearly seven years, but Latin American carriers detracted from annual FTK growth for the thirteenth month in a row. Read more...

  • February 2017 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis  
    Leap year effects distort headline data, but a robust start to 2017
    2016 leap year is affecting annual comparisons 
    Year-on-year growth in global revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) fell to 4.8% in February from January’s five-year high (8.9%). However, the data are distorted by the fact that 2016 was a leap year. Adjusting for the one fewer day in February this year, we estimate that the ‘underlying’ RPK growth rate was closer to 8.6% – not far off January’s pace.
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  • January 2017 IATA Air Passenger Market Analysis  
    Annual RPK growth accelerates to a 5-year high at the start of 2017
    A strong start to 2017 for passenger traffic 
    Annual growth in industry-wide revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) accelerated to 9.6% in January – its fastest pace since April 2011 and the strongest start to the year since 2005. The Middle East and Asia Pacific regions both posted double-digit annual growth rates, while North American airlines were the laggard for the fourth consecutive month (3.4%).
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  • January 2017 IATA Air Freight Market Analysis  
    Air freight looks to have carried momentum into the New Year
    A solid start to the year for air freight
    The 6.9% annual increase in global FTKs in January marked an easing from December’s double-digit pace, but it was still well ahead of the five-year average rate (3.0%). As in recent months, Asia Pacific and European airlines accounted for the majority of the annual change in industry-wide FTKs, alongside solid contributions from North American and Middle Eastern carriers. African airlines also made a modest contribution to the total change, but Latin American carriers were a drag on annual growth for the 23rd time in 25 months. Read more...
  • 2016 IATA Resolution Carbon Emmissions  
    72nd IATA Annual General Meeting
    Resolutions on the developmentof a global market-based measure for international aviation
    Resolution 1. Endorses the continuing efforts of its member airlines and other industry stakeholders to develop and implement efficiency and emissions reduction measures to address CO2 emissions from aviation as part of broader ambitions within the global community to address climate change and to safeguard sustainable development. Read more...